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Sharada Thapa, 34 years old, has been working as a FCHV for two year in Resha, Dotesahara. She has three children one son, 7 years old, and two daughters, 17 and 12 years old.   Poor Hari’s life: She was given a life with difficulties, but had to give it up before her time, bleeding to her end. Hari lives in Resha 3 and she belongs to a working class family. In her family there is a father, mother, and sister. Quiet in nature, a polite girl. Once grown up, she passed her S.L.C. She went to Baglung Bazaar for further study. When she was twenty years old she got married. Her husband is in the Indian army. She was very happy, and after some time she became pregnant. She delivered her baby on 2061 (2004). She gave birth to a daughter. Her family wanted a son, so she again...


Life and Death in the Kali Gandaki Valley

Baglung District Hospital Maternity Ward - 26 June 2011

WELCOME LABOUR ROOM   She is quiet in a room of chaos and clatter. Tulkumaripun’s small frame sinks into the dark turquoise sheets of the Baglung District Hospital Maternity ward. The bright green of her traditional Nepalese dress blends into the sheets. As a  new mother, her pained stillness seems out of place. A mob of young nursing students in lavender saris gather around her with worried expressions on their usually excited faces. Tulkumaripun barely opens her eyes, emitting only a soft moan as the drip’s position is modified. The lavender mob straightens her blankets, and then leaves her to rest. Tulkumaripun had gone in to labour the day before, but there were complications. The baby’s arm had come out first leaving the unborn stuck in the birth canal, a potentially life threatening situation for both mother and child. Like most expecting Nepalese mothers in western Nepal, Tulkumaripun was at...


Gallery on the Lane

Welcome Labour Room at Gallery on the Lane

Through photographic story telling, Raphaela Rosella and Kelly McIlvenny seek to share their experiences with motherhood. Rapheala looking to communicate the complex young lives of mothers in her hometown, in collaboration with young mothers from Indigenous and/or disadvantaged backgrounds from her neighbourhood or local area. While Kelly seeks to document the challenges and issues facing pregnant women in the developing country Nepal. Both photographers open this exhibition as a forum of discussion to talk about motherhood and humanity. Believing that life is neither black or white, but shown in beautiful colour as detailed and complex as the subjects themselves. The exhibit runs from Friday 1 June – Saturday 23 June 2012 Opening Night: Saturday 2 June, from 6pm – 9pm at the Gallery on the Lane Shop 30011, The Lane Tower 3, 56 Scarborough Street, Southport, Gold Coast, QLD Gallery on the Lane opening hours: Tues – Sat, 10am –...


On The Path of Service, All Doors Will Open


Her soft hands cradle a plump baby girl slouched across her lap. She uses those long delicate fingers to lift the bright pink knitted sweater the small child is wearing in order to slowly palpitate the baby’s stomach.  The whiteness of her hand resting on child’s dark chocolate brown skin is the only indication that the child is not her own, as she effortlessly calms the sickly baby. Arlene Samens asks Sunita, the young nurse at her side, to ask the mother a series of questions. Her voice is smooth, with only the slightest twinge of concern. The medical questions roll off her tongue easily as she lifts the child in play.  The bright light streaming through the open doorway lights up her joyful face. Her dark brown bob bounces up and down in her delight, while the smile lines surrounding her eyes and mouth ooze with kindness. Sunita has...


Head On Photo Festival

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I am pleased to announce that the Welcome Labour Room project has been selected to be exhibited in the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney. Official Opening: Fri, 18/05/2012 - 18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Labour Room: The Story of Maternal Health in Nepal is the photographic documentation of the challenges women face during pregnancy and childbirth in the developing country.  The exhibition provides a forum to discuss the issues surrounding maternal health in remote regions and the individuals who work tirelessly to protect women from harm everyday.   Date of Show: Fri, 18/05/2012 - Tue, 29/05/2012 Gallery: Airport North Gallery Level 1, 597 Gardeners Road Alexandria, NSW, 2015 Australia Phone: (+61) 02 8338 8833 See map: Google Maps Gallery website: Gallery opening hours: Mon to Fri 10am to 6pm For more information please visit: 


International Museum of Women: Voices on Motherhood Finalist!

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I am very happy to announce that the Welcome Labour Room project has been chosen as a finalist in the International Museum of Women's Voices on Motherhood Exhibition and Competition. Welcome Labour Room was chosen as one of 35 finalists of 600 works submitted. Please visit the site to see and hear more stories on motherhood worldwide. And Please Please Please "like" and "share" the following link, as it enhances the project's chances of winning! Thank you once again for your support and continued interest in the project.    


Thank you for the support!


Last week the Queensland College of Art Gold Coast Graduate Exhibition went off without a hitch.  I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out in support of the Welcome Labour Room project and the graduating class of creatives! Here are some images of the Welcome Labour Room display. Thank you once again for all your support and continued interest in the project. Exciting news to come to this space soon!


Welcome Labour Room to be Exhibited

Graduate Exhibition

It is my great pleasure to invite you along to see Welcome Labour Room: The Story of Maternal Health in Nepal exhibited at the Queensland College of Art Graduation Exhibition. Come along on the opening night, Wednesday 16 November 2011 from 6pm to 9pm, to speak with the photographer and see the work in person. The work will be displayed in the White Box Gallery on the first floor of G.14 Visual Arts Building, at the Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus on Parklands Drive. Hope to see you all there!